Cloud Road: A Journey Through the Inca Heartland

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Parthian, 2010 - Travel - 388 pages
3 Reviews

An intense and deeply personal account of five months spent high in the Andes Mountains, this travelogue combines historical and anthropological details with the thrill of extreme adventure. Hiking at more than 10,000 feet for almost the entire trip, the author follows the great road of the Incas, the Camino Real. Hand-built more than 500 years ago, this road crosses the most difficult and dangerous mountains in all the Americas, and life continues as if Columbus had never sailed. Finding and studying remote villages is central to the quest, andódespite dog attacks, sweltering canyons, floods, and stubborn donkeysóthe author makes his way from the equator to Cuzco and on to the most magical city of all: Machu Picchu.

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User Review  - Koit - Goodreads

The story started out very slow but got progressively better, and the author's intermittent comments on history were very interesting to read. Nevertheless, in some cases, his comments were, I believe, factually incorrect which is a pity. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Thomas - Goodreads

An excellent and informative travelogue of the highlands of South America. Evocative and written by someone with a real love for the place. Read full review

About the author (2010)

John Harrison is the author of Where the Earth Ends.

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